Thursday, July 22, 2010

Navy Volunteering - The Samaritan Women

Devinburg works those back muscles while helping with a landscaping project at TSW.

Photos by SA Cory Asato & SA John Callahan

What's better than chocolate?  Volunteering of course!  There a few really good reasons to volunteer as servicemembers.  First, it allows us to help an organization in need.  There are many groups out there doing good things that rely almost solely on volunteers.  Second, it looks good on our record.  There's even a volunteer ribbon one can earn.

Lastly, and most pertinent to this blog, is the public relations boost it gives us.  Most civilians don't interact with military members much.  In all probability, those that we work with on projects like this are seeing Sailors in action for the first and only time. 

Jandik and CS2 Preston label seed containers that will help sustain the TSW farm.

The Samaritan Women group describes their purpose as this:

"We offer a transitional residence, academic and vocational training, spiritual development, and communal support to women who are rebuilding their lives from hurtful choices of unfortunate circumstances."

The cool thing about this place is they grow their own food.  They've got a great website.  Stop by and check out their farming setup.

Students that volunteer find it to be a great way to escape the day-to-day routine while helping those in need.  It's a win-win situation for everyone.

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At the DINFOS Navy detachment, the Student Action Committee organizes volunteer events roughly every other month.  I will be posting about a couple more in the next few days.  The most popular one is HART, or Homeless Animal Rescue Team.  I set it up while in 'A' school.  Get ready to see some of the cutest photos EVER.

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